“Furthermore, there is no service fee of R10 per month, or any such fees, when using the new Sassa card as people will get their grant in full,” she said. But the public has not been at ease with the changes and some find the long queues hard to endure. Thobi Ngema from Ntshawini, a disability grant recipient, said one has to come in the early hours just to get help and they one has to stand in a long queue. “With the new cards we hope there won’t be any deductions on our pension money and we are glad that we can now collect our money at the post office or any bank, which is much safer,” said Ngema. The new Sassa card has been specifically designed to prevent challenges with illegal deductions that left many beneficiaries out of pocket in the past years. The new Sassa card operates fully within the national payment system and it has a number of exciting benefits for social grants beneficiaries.• Three cash withdrawal from any participating merchant (such as Shoprite, Boxer, etc)• One free over the counter cash withdrawal at the Post Office• Unlimited free swipes (purchase payments) at all merchants• One free ATM balance inquiry per month• The only deduction permitted is for funeral policies, up to no more than 10% of the grant value.